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compound was expecting u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s to arrive by helicopter. one image from that night has come to symbolize the mission. the photograph taken at the height of the raid by veteran white house photographer pete souza. there it is. there you are. >> here i am sitting right here. >> that's an intense look on your face, and everyone is intently watching that screen. >> this is -- if i'm not mistaken, pete, this picture was taken right as atthe helicopter was having problems. that's what it feels like, because i remember hillary putting his hand over her mouth at that point. >> when you look at it, what does it conjure up inside you? >> that's the way i usual look when my husband drags me to an action movie. it was just an extraordinary experience and aa great privilege to be part of. >> when you see it now, what comes back? >> we were all just really concentrating. our entire focus was on listening to the play-by-play. as you can see, the president is sitting right behind me. i remember turning and looking and it was just this. no emotion. >> what comes to mind first? is it a sensat
's family refuses to accept the navy cross. they believe their son deserves the medal of honor. and you'll hear why next. >>> and authorities say the reason the death toll in oregon's horrifying mall shooting was not higher is because some quick-thinking bystanders made a few smart decisions. coming up, a former navy seal tells us what those things are and what you need to know if you come face to face with this kind of violence. >>> and growing concerns that new environmental rules could get people kicked out of their homes in an effort to clean up our water. ♪ [ mother ] you can't leave the table till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8. or...try kids boxes! [ sniffs ] i took dayquil but my nose is still runny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the
at the middle east. anything far from being settled there. and let me take that navy as an example, which will be illustrative of the other forces and what it will do to the navy. it will take the navy and drive it down to the smallest force it has had since prior to world war one. not world war ii, lou. world war one. lou: you know, i'm sorry, admiral. when governor romney said that, pointed that out to president obama in the debate, he was -- we had horses and bayonets, too. he seemed to make light of that. how important is it? can you give us a sense of the impact? >> i think the president's comment is showing his inexperience in military matters. in this particular case we are going down to 220 ships. to put that number in perspective, i had 2505 ships under my command in the pacific fleet's. 20 percent of those 220 ships will be the literal combat ships which basically have no offensive or defensive capability. we are going to be challenged where we show weakness. and let me give you an example. just today china announced effective january 1 they have authorized their paramilitary na
they will be secret for secret santa. we have to get to headlines that are not the best of the news. a navy seal killed in afghanistan, died in a risky mission to rescue a doctor and two colleagues abouted by the taliban. he was member of the seal team 6. there are many questions about what dr. joseph was doing in a dangerous place. his employer said they are committed to continuing the work in afghanistan. mexican-american singer jenny rivera was killed when her private jet crashed in music. > gretchen: her plane disappeared after taking off from monterey, mexico. authorities say everyone on board died. no word on what caused the crash. >> it is a shock to the family and incredible that most of the people who knew my sister, she was a very strong person and fights for everything in life. >> gretchen: the 43 year old superstar sold 15 million record and starred in a reality show called i love jenny. she leaves behind five children. she was only 43. a republican on the short list of secretary of defense. nebraska senator chuck hagel considered to replace panet a. he opposed with the ira
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source, howard dean. does the former vermont governor's plan add up? plus, a former u.s. navy sailor charged with attempted espy naj tonight. the alleged benefactor was russia. the war on drugs? have we lost it? let's go "outfront." good evening. a bright idea brought to us by the liberal former governor of vermont, howard dean. the man who brought us the scream heard round the world when he ran for president. yeah! >> dean says let's face it, america. taxes need to go up for everyone. now, this might not be what you expect from someone like howard dean. it's certainly not the president's position or the position of most americans. another new poll out today shows most people like the president's ideas of only raising taxes on other people, specifically the top 2%. individuals making over $200,000 a year or families making over $250,000 a year. the problem is according to the congressional research service, the math doesn't add up. that tax hike would give $678 billion in additional revenue over ten years. remember, we're $16 trillion in the debt hole. if we go with howard dean's ide
excited about joining the military, we're remembering the navy s.e.a.l. killed while trying to rescue a fellow everyone that afghanistan. >>> plus this. >> your roof just collapsed. >> it just collapsed. >> a family is cleaning up after their ceiling collapses following a severe storm and it's all caught on camera. we'll show you more of that dramatic video, plus guns and football, after the shooting death involving a kansas city linebacker some nfl players are turning in their firearms. "newsroom" starts right now. good morning, everybody. i'm ted rowlands in for carol costello today. lansing, michigan, is the target of a protest. the republicans are trying to push through a right to work bill that could severely hurt organized labor in the state. the governor promises to sign the bill as soon as it hits his desk which could be within hours. the new legislation bars requiring union dues as a condition of employment. it's already on the books in 23 other states. police and firefighters would be exempt, however. here is a look at the right to work nation states. if governor snyder sign
spent 21 years in the navy and every year on a ship they were ordered to push equipment off into the ocean so that they could get an increase in their budget to buy more stuff for the next year. we are buying tanks that the military does not use. i think that the pentagon could save money by using better buying power, teach those guys to save instead of throwing it in the ocean. guest: better buying power is the name of a pentagon initiative. everyone recognizes that their budget, which has not consistently since 1998, particularly a lot in the last 10 years, they are coming down on sequestration and something else, and there is a lot of push to buy smarter. there is a feeling that there has been some waste when you are flush with cash and the pentagon is looking for ways to lower their buying costs and get more value for taxpayer dollars. host: when you look at major weapons systems that could see a scaling back in spending, the predator drones aircraft, joint light technical vehicles, talk about these weapons systems. guest: at 35 is the largest program in the history of t
father, bill. a world war ii navy hero, who would drop into hostile waters to save navy pilots. but he died the day after thanksgiving from heart failure and legionnaire's disease. he contracted it from using the water at the va, which was contaminated with high levels of a bacteria, the cause of legionnaire's disease. two other families are wondering whether their veterans contracted the legionnaire's disease that killed them from this same pittsburgh va. cnn has now learned that hospital officials knew they had a problem with the water system as far back as december of last year, but chose not to reveal any of that publicly until a month ago. >> being a veteran myself, i'm shocked and appalled that the va would put their veterans in that type of situation. >> records obtained by cnn show that over the past year, the amount of disinfectant in the va's water was less than the amount needed to prevent the bacteria from reaching dangerous levels, and internal records from a water quality company called liquitech show that in december of 2011, an inspection showed that they have systems n
they want to describe it as. >> reporter: perhaps the navy would have to buy less expensive, less advanced fighter jets instead of the new f-35. or the pentagon would have to cut the number of soldiers and marines back to the levels before 9/11. >> sequestration would risk hollowing out our force. >> reporter: pentagon officials say going over the cliff would actually leave them a trillion dollars in the hole, because it comes on top of cuts they've already budgeted for. >> we've put in place $487 billion in savings over the next ten years. >> reporter: are these "cuts" the same sort of budget cuts that you and i think of when we think of cutting our budget? >> i call them phantom cuts because it's not a real savings. >> reporter: freeman says the pentagon is counting money it was projecting to spend as savings which he says isn't the same as simply spending less. >> but this is the way d.c. does math. it's unfortunate that you or i can't do our taxes like that but it's the way they seem to do business here. >> a senior defense official admits that everyone at the pentagon from the secreta
:00 p.m. on may 1, 2011 00:21 20111, two blackhawks, a translator, 23 navy s.e.a.l.s and a dog named cairo took off from jalalabad, afghanistan. the mission, to kill the world's most wanted man, osama bin ladin. >> the death of bin laden mark it is most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al qaeda. >> most have heard the incredible details of the compound raid, but little has been revealed about the intense months-long deliberation that led to the final decision to act. so how was the decision made? who was told? how did they weigh the options? tonight we will ask the men tasked by the president to synthesize the intelligence, analyze the assessments and run the decision making process, to act, in a sense, as gatekeeper of this monumental decision. i sat down with national security adviser follow donlin in the eisenhower executive office building. when you come into the white house, has the trail for osama bin ladin gone cold? >> when we came into office at the beginning of 2009 the trail had gone cold. we really hadn't had a good case as to his whereabou
the american and soviet navies were circling watching each other, get so tired, they almost made a mistake and pulled the nuclear trigger and each other. and finally, just sort of more innocent mistakes, if you look at an example in the 1980's, boris yeltsin, the president of russia, the norwegians had a zero weather rocket that they launched in the direction of russia. then notify the russians, but this time the notification got lost in the mail. the russian generals came and said, look, apparently somebody has lost something in us across our horizon. this is an american nuclear attack you have to miss the launch or russia will be obliterated with no shots back. thankfully was sober that date. relations were good between the u.s. and the soviet union. he said to me you know, it can't be the americans attacking. when you talk about the u.s. and iran, is drolen iran, flight times, the attention, the chances of something going wrong , the escalation ending in disaster, that much higher. finally, you also have to be concerned about iran with a nuclear umbrella. oh, well, being more responsive
behind the prank call. >>> this morning, four crew members were rushed to the hospital after a navy helicopter made a hard landing at a base near san diego. the chopper was being used for routine training. cause of the hard landing under investigation right now. >>>. >>> a fight over a small cluster of uninhabited lands between japan and china. japan sent eight fighter jets after a chinese plane was seen near the islands. it was gone by the time they got there. china continues to claim the islands. the islands have been in japanese control for years. japan bought the privately owned islands in september. >>> some are calling it a break-through, north korea making its first successful long range rocket launch but less than 24 hours after liftoff a u.s. official tells cnn the country may not be in full control of the satellite. joining me is cnn contributor and retired u.s. army general spider marks. good morning. >> good morning. >> what does this mean? is this a setback for north korea? >> it's not a setback at all for north korea. north korea successfully launched something into an
the country remember pearl harbor today and we do so being joined this morning by retired navy captain chuck nash, also a fox news military analyst. captain nash, good morning. good to have you here today. >> good morning, martha. martha: with all these things you get further and further away from them and fewer and fewer people were there and who remembered the events of that day. what do you is so important especially for young people to understand about the significance of pearl harbor? >> i think a lot of folks, young folks today have gone through a i am lar thing with 9/11. it was a galvanizing influence and it changed america forever. december 7th was a sneak attack and the nation when that day, when people found out what was going on there was no internet. so news traveled a little bit slower than it does today but it still went to every crevice of this country and the next day you had people lined up at recruiting stations. they wanted to go avenge that attack. so in a country that had seen war on the horizon, with the nazis invading poland and europe going into war, the americans co
of a u.s. navy seal who was killed this weekend in afghanistan is returning home today. petty officer first class, nicholas check died in a daring mission that freed an american doctor kidnapped by the afghanistan. kelly wright live on the story for us. what else are he learning about petty officer, checque. >> he grew up in monroeville, pennsylvania. a suburb of pitsburg. he game naval warfare unit, seal team six. that was the team that killed usama bin laden although he was not part of this particular mission. the operation i last involved in was the daring rescue mission of dr. dilip joseph an american kidnapped by the taliban. during the combat mission, checque was killed. he was 28 years old. the family of dr. joseph issued a statement. we want to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the american sailor who died during dilip's rescue. we could not be more grateful for his herroism and to bring bdilip home. he was sad to luring learn that a u.s. service member was killed during this operation. martha. martha: kelly, i want to ask you a little bit more about dr. joseph.
: the navy seal killed during a brave rescue operation of an american hostage in afghanistan has returned home the body of navy petty officer first class nicolas checque was flown to dover air force base last night. his family is preparing a private funeral in his hometown of monroeville, pennsylvania. he was killed saving the live of dr. dilip joseph. he was in humanitarian work in afghanistan when he was kidnapped by members of the taliban. >>> president obama's second term hasn't even officially begun yet but political pundits are already looking ahead to 2016 and predicting hillary clinton could win it all. the former house speaker newt gingrich says republicans would not stand a chance against her. why is the current secretary of state the hot story in washington and who is behind the story? doug schoen former advisor to bill clinton and fox news contributor. he is in the know. >> hi, alisyn. alisyn: who is planting the seed for hillary clinton's possible presidential run? >> i don't know who is planning it but when you lead the polls as she does and have 57% wanting you to be presid
straight ahead, but first. >>> a navy seal leaves the service, but still feels a call to serve, now he feels the need to help. >> for me being in the military was one of the greatest experiences of my life. because i was working with incredible men and women, dedicated to serving a purpose larger than themselves. when i served, i did four deployments overseas. in 2003, i came back from a last deployment in iraq, coming back from the al-qaeda targeting cell. when i came home i went to bethesda naval hospital to visit with the returning marines. i asked each of the veterans if you can't return to the military, what else would you like to do? and every single one of them told me they wanted to continue to serve. when i left the hospital i called two friends and we agreed to do something about it. they put in the money from disability checks, i contributed my money from the combat pay in iraq. they set up opportunities to do six months of intensive leadership and fellowship in their communities. we helped them make a transition to being a veteran again. i think one of the biggest conceptio
was tracking this with egypt radar. the u.s. navy moved several warships in to the pacific. with that radar on board. they were watching. waiting for the launch. according to the north american aerospace defense command or norad the first stage of the three-stage rocket fell in the yellow sea southwest of north korea. the second stage travelled farther before falling in to the philippine sea. but the rocket ultimately launched some sort of object to orbit. the north koreans say it was a satellite. norad confirms the long range ballistic missile lunched but added at no time was it a threat to north america. not yet, at least. >> shepard: u.s. officials say they think the north koreans had help with this. >> u.s. officials are concerned that north korea could not have done this on their own. they point to the fact that the north koreans only have one porch. it's difficult to ship things out of that port because of the sanctions. typically any ballistic missile parts would fly through china to the north. china is north korea's only friend. there have been reports of voice of america this week
dead yesterday. the initial conclusion is he committed suicide. the navy is investigating now. >>> hours ago in hawaii senator daniel inouye was laid to rest. he represented hawaii in washington for five decades since hawaii became a state in 1959. the 88-year-old senator was a war hero. he lost his arm. president obama attended the funeral. the president said he was his political inspiration. those are your headlines. i'm don lemon. >>> it was one of the most important diplomatic missions in history. also one of the most clandestine and risky. four decades ago, henry kissinger, then president nixon's national security advise secretly flew to china, beginning a string of meetings that would eventually open that isolated eastern nation to the western world. that opening checked soviet expansionism and in a sense was the beginning of the end of the cold war. >> this was the week that changed the world. >> it was also the beginning of china's entry into the world economy, which has resulted in that country becoming the world's second largest economy. >> red china's -- >> but back
in baltimore, maryland. what is your background? caller: director of science and technology for the navy. you may remember me. it is a matter of management, selection of program managers. sequestration is probably a terrific opportunity. anyway, that is all i have to say. guest: the attack submarine, they have taken 2 million man hours out of the program. the cost has come down. the quality is superb. the man hours have been reduced, and they are doing it by allowing for appropriations. they fixed the design. when you put in reasonably simple controls on the process, you can reduce costs. i suspect you could do that for a lot of other programs. where we have had these multi- year programs, you can save money ship to ship or series to series. host: the caller says he remembers you. what were you doing at the time? guest: i was working as a contractor, supporting department of defense in a variety of capacities. host: caller on our independent line. go ahead. caller: after world war ii when they changed the name of the war department to defense department, that was a big mistake. all of the mil
-- and we've got to go -- that there's a mind-set if they find out who did it, that the navy s.e.a.l.s will go out there and do what they did to bin laden? >> i don't want to say what capability we will use. we have certain capabilities that the united states has that i think would serve well to bring those to justice that killed -- >> you say "bring those to justice," kill them? >> well, i think there are options on the table. i think they need to be brought to some sort of justice and that needs to be swift and certain to remind those folks that we will not tolerate that kind of violence towards any u.s. official, anywhere in the world. >> mr. chairman, thanks for coming in. >>> a new report is out on sexual assault within the united states military. we're hearing some very disturbing allegations about what's going on at the united states navy academy. why do toys for tots and hasbro trust duracell to power their donated toys? duralock power preserve. it locks in power for up to 10 years in storage. guaranteed. duracell with duralock. trusted everywhere. duracell with duraloc
ahead of it. >> reporter: just this week, the navy tested its next generation drone, which could carry bombs and lands on an aircraft carrier with hardly any human control. the directive only applies to lethal systems. it still allows the military to develop autonomous spy planes. >> as we begin to approach the possibility of having machines select and engage targets, we want to be very careful not to cross that line without high-level policy review. >> reporter: human rights watcher applauds the pentagon's move. >> we don't believe it solves the problem, however. >> reporter: so the group is calling for governments to ban autonomous weapons outright. bonnie points to syria and wonders what killer robots could do in a conflict like that. >> because the weapons are emotionless, they could serve as a perfect tool for a dictator who would not have to worry about the danger of a human soldier turning on him if ordered to fire on his own civilians. a robot would not do that. >> reporter: when you're talking about a weapon that doesn't have the capacity to feel any compassion for its victims
in 2014, the taliban is resurging. just this week, a member of the navy's elite s.e.a.l. team 6, the same special ops group that killed bin laden, died during a mission to rescue an american doctor who had been abducted by the taliban. and earlier this month, nine taliban suicide bombers attacked the u.s. base in jalalabad. and afghan troops aren't ready to fight them. desertion rates are high, and the united nations reports policemen are joining the taliban. extremists in the afghan security forces have killed 33 americans this year. and afghan civilians fear the future. >> translator: i don't 100% believe that our national army is capable. every day, we hear that our soldiers are killed in the insecure provinces. >> reporter: 11 years, 6 months, and 2 days. when will this mission be accomplished? the issue of readiness on the part of afghan security forces, to take over the fight against al qaeda and terrorists in this country is the central issue to determine if america stays and how many american troops will continue to serve in this country. there was a new pentagon report out this w
this week, a member of the navy's elite s.e.a.l. team 6, the same group who died trying to save a doctor abducted by the taliban. afghan troops aren't ready to fight them. deversion rates are high and the unite he nation reports policemen are joining the t taliban. extremist in the afghan security forces have killed 33 americans this year. and afghan civilians fear the future. >> translator: i don't a hundred percent believe there are national armies capable. everyday we hear our soldiers are killed in the insecure provinces. >> 11 years, 6 months and 2 days. when will this mission be accomplished? the issue of readiness on the part of afghan security forces to take over the fight against al qaeda and terrorist in this country is the central issue to determine if america stays and how many american troops will continue to serve in this country. there was a new pentagon report out this week, important it came from the pentagon. they are trying to tell a story of improvement here, but pentagon report itself said that only one under 23 afghan brigade says actually ready to take over securit
. >> stuck cwith navy. >>> america inching closer to the fiscal cliff, 18 days we go over, that means triggering massive tax hikes and spending cuts all at the same time. the house of representatives set to go home for the holidays today and yesterday the president and speaker boehner metaphor 50 minutes and then released a statement that didn't say a whole heck of a lot but both called the discussion frank and said the lines of communication remain open. our senior congressional c correspondent dana bash is here. forget the christmas plans you're probably not going to be enjoying christmas this year? >> nobody thinks they're going home for christmas, if they do maybe for a day and come back to washington. i've been talking to sources in both parties this morning about that meeting yesterday with the president, and the speaker, which did not go very long, 50 minutes and did not go all that well. what we need are new proposals and coming together and i'm told by both parties they really restated their positions. what seems to be going on is frankly i think both sides are trying to run
. this past february the navy and marine corps conducted their first large-scale amphibious exercise in more than ten years. in march the army conducted its first exercise in its new decisive action, training environment that emphasizes combined arms maneuver against a combination of your regular and conventional opponents. the second element of the defense strategy is to maintain the force protection where we need. on the east end of the asia-pacific region. the asia-pacific region is obviously an area of growing importance to with our economy and our security. in the middle east obviously represents continuing threats to our security as well. even after the withdrawal of troops from iraq we've maintained a substantial military presence in the middle east in order to deter aggression, respond to crisis and ensure regional stability in the face of historic unrest and the continuing threats from iran. last week i visited some of the trips based in kuwait part of a robust posture roughly 50,000 troops and dozens of ships and fighters and bombers come advanced intelligence surveillance and reco
this happen by standing side by side as one team, as one joint facility, army, navy, air force. you have become one of the best medical teams in the world. and by raising expectations, by making clear that there is always hope, that good things can happen by advancing training, by increasing responsibility, our corpsmen, our medics are now capable of delivering life-saving medical care right there on the battlefield. this is the new standard of medical care, and i'm very proud to say that it is the most advanced in the world. a real revolution has taken place in battlefield medicine. it has truly been a revolution and in our ability to care for the most serious combat injuries. we have also seen that a higher survival rate can result in a new set of complex injuries when our soldiers return home. and you're responding to that challenge as well. here at the center of healing, the center of miracles, you have treated diseases that we've never seen before on our soil. you perform life-saving surgeries that are the first of their kind. and you've developed the most advanced prosthetics in th
with limited capability. as for the navy, they got part of the rocket's first stage booster off the western coast of south korea. now a former marine sitting in a mexican jail on gun charges. he has been there for months and is being threatened by drug cartel s. we told you this story yesterday. senator nelson is trying to get him out and now we are hearing from the marine's parents and they are emotionally drained. gary tuckman reports. >> johnny hammer is an american war jet van, a marine in afghanistan and iraq. he decided to drive with a fellow marine from florida in a win bago to costa rica for a surfing vacation. john and olivia are his parents. >> he realized and they took every decent board they had. >> he was looking forward to driving there and knew it was mexico, but he was not planning on staying. >> no. the only reason they were going to stop is to get more gas. >> his parents were concerned when he wanted to bring an antique seers and row buck shotgun his great grandfather owned that looks like this. he wanted to hunt with it. he got the proper forms from border agents to decl
year. the navy's big worry? women are still not confident their reports will be taken seriously. >> the chain of command is part of the problem. you are required to report the incident to your chain of command. oftentimes the assailant is your commander. >> reporter: at west point and the air force academy, the number of sexual assault incidents reported rose as well. while disturbing, the survey did find the at these schools women appear to be more comfortable going ahead and reporting harassment and assault, though there were many cases of unreported incidents. and the military is cracking down on senior officers. an army general is scheduled to go to trial in the coming weeks on charges he committed sexual offenses, but at the military service academies commanders are under growing pressure to make sure their students are kept safe. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >>> the shooting in newtown has many debating the need for more gun control, but is a stricter gun law part of the answer. we're focusing on understanding mental health. a medical examiner is looking for answers i
. a navy of 200 ships, marin corps of a less than 150,000 and huge cuts in the air force modernization plans. the long term effect is serious. >> arthel: did you say cyber warfare would fake o take a hit? >> remember, cyber warfare isn't just people but it's equipment. this is a brand-new realm for folks in dod which we're starting over if from scratch. to have that effort in some cases truncated because the inability to bring on new computers and freshly cyber trained officers would have an effect. >> arthel: i'm sure the world is watching that for sure. leon panetta said it's too early to say what sequestration means and it doesn't require immediate reduction of spending and wouldn't affect military personnel and president obama says his intent to exempt the accounts to pay for military personnel. does it mean anything to you? >> it's going to preserve pay scales but you don't take half a trillion out military without affecting people. i think both chiefs of army and marine corps have said that. we're going to have to go active duty military, those that have served four, five, six to
february, navy and marine corps conducted their first large-scale amphibious exercise in more than 10 years. in march, the army conducted its first exercise in its new decisive action framing environment that emphasizes combined arms maneuver against a combination of regular and conventional opponents. the second element of our defense strategy is to maintain our force protection where we needed. in the middle east and in the asia-pacific region. the asia-pacific region is obviously an area of growing importance to our economy and our security. in the middle east, represent continuing threats to our security as well. even after the withdrawal of troops from iraq. we have maintained a substantial military presence in the middle east. in order to deter aggression. respond to crisis, and short regional stability in the face of historic unrest and a continuing threat from iran. last week, i visited some of our troops based in kuwait, part of a robust posture that includes roughly 50,000 troops, dozens of ships, fighters, bombers, advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms
with him. as we say in the navy, jay, well done. may you and your family have fair wind and good seas. i yield back. mr. woodall: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, at this time it's my great pleasure to yield to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson. mr. thompson: i thank the gentleman from georgia for hosting this hour. and an opportunity to recognize and thank a good friend, jay pearson, who started his work in the u.s. house of representatives in 1978, in the office of the general clerk under then majority leader john rhodes. where he learned the intricacies of the house and legislative procedures while keeping official minutes in this chamber. in 1979 he began working in the republican cloakroom where he remained for seven years before beginning a new position as floor assistance it -- floor assistant to the republican leader in 1986. since then jay has served as floor assistant to three speakers of the house, including newt gingrich, dennis hastert and the current speaker, john boehner. the career that has spanned over 35 years, jay has served as an invaluable role for so
village to village. we've provided water pumps to help navy seals in remote mountain village, blankets to build good dallas in other villages. it varies from place to place. it's exactly what marines and soldiers say they need to build goodwill. >> steve: looking at some of the images of people who made their own 68,000 signs and what not. michael strahan, teamed up at 9:00 o'clock eastern time, he did one. i think we'll show that. plus there is michael right there. 68,000. >> gretchen: we did our own for you too, jim. >> that's wonderful. thank you. >> gretchen: see if we have a picture of it. there we are! >> all right. nicely done. >> gretchen: also the new england patriots cheerleaders, they did a 68,000 remember. they got a big team, so they could do that whole -- all those letters together. the reason for you doing this is what? >> it's really to remind people that we have a huge number of men and women serving in afghanistan. and to get americans behind them and to support them and help them finish their job. >> steve: it doesn't take -- this has nothing to do with our policy ov
you feel the need for speed ? that is forevermore wwe wrestler. u.s. navy let him take a ride in the fighter jet for the annual tribute for the troops. how fast did he g. he went 900 miles per hour. don't worry. they made him go through training. i wonder if he had the barf bad. >> brian: it is impossible to go through and not throw up ? >> steve: it happens a lompt -- lot. >> brian: if you had taken a flight that fast. >> steve: in a airplane. 11 minutes after the hour. he faced down iraqi insurgents but the treatment in prisons had the family terrified. >> gretchen: no christmas concert, kids. how about an anti-bullying speech, instead that story. i don't know. ♪ ♪ years ago, my doctor told me to take a centrum silver multivitamin every day. i told him, sure. can't hurt, right? then i heard this news about a multivitamin study looking at long-term health benefits for men over 50. the one they used in that study... centrum silver. that's what i take. my doctor! he knows his stuff. [ male announcer ] centrum. the most recommended. most preferred. most studied. centrum, alw
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